What Happened to the Parrot?

November 7, 2013

If you’ve read this blog for long, you know I have a pet parrot that is funny and super intelligent.  Well, I should say I *had* a pet parrot.  This morning I sent out a notice to the humor list,

“Sorry, no humor today.  I lost my pet parrot yesterday, and I just haven’t got the heart for it.”

So many people wrote and asked me, “What happened to the parrot?” that I decided it’d be simpler to type it out once, then send a link to people so they can read about if they want to.

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On the third day of Christmas. . .

December 21, 2010

On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me . . .

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The Third Day of Christmas

Three fat sheep!
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Two Spitting Llamas
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The first day of Christmas!

… And a Parrot on a Fairrryyyyy!

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New Style
, cost of 3 Shetland Sheep (average price): $750

Old (Classic) Style, cost of 3 French Hens: $30

New style still more expensive!

But about those French Hens. There is some debate to what they are. For the purpose of deciding on cost, I went with this interpretation:

A French Hen is a Turkey. In Gaelic the Turkey is called Cearc-Fhrangach (literally, French Hen). Turkeys were very popular among the French nobility as early as the mid 16th century as they were much more tasty and tender than than the other large feast birds eaten at that time such as cormorant, heron peacock, and swan.

So I got the price for heritage turkey poults and went from there.

Total to date:
New Style – $1,970
Classic Style – $463

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On the first day of Christmas. . .

December 17, 2010

“The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a well-known Christmas carol.  What gets a little confusing is most people think it’s the twelve days BEFORE Christmas, but it’s really supposed to be AFTER Christmas:

“Contrary to much popular belief, these are not the twelve days before Christmas, but in most of the Western Church are the twelve days from Christmas until the beginning of Epiphany  (January 6th; the 12 days count from December 25th until January 5th). In some traditions, the first day of Christmas begins on the evening of December 25th with the following day considered the First Day of Christmas (December 26th). In these traditions, the twelve days begin December 26 and include Epiphany on January 6.” –  The Voice

Then there’s the whole deal about the crazy presents. They’re definitely from a different era.  I mean, who wants this laundry list of gifts?

  1. A partridge in a pear tree,
  2. Two turtle doves,
  3. Three french hens,
  4. Four colly birds,
  5. Five gold rings,
  6. Six geese laying,
  7. Seven swans swimming,
  8. Eight maids milking,
  9. Nine drummers drumming,
  10. Ten pipers piping,
  11. Eleven ladies dancing, and
  12. Twelve lords leaping.

Some of them sound intriguing, but others are a little questionable.  And how much did all that cost? 

I decided to mix things up a bit, and do part of the days before Christmas, in the popular style, and part of the days after Christmas, in the classic style.  And while I’m at it, a little comparison of the cost for the two sets of gifts.  Is the classic true love more expensive, or is eccentric country more costly?

So let us start at the beginning, day 1, always a good place to start!  We’re mixing it up eccentric country style, so here we go!

On the first day of Christmas
my true love gave to me –

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The first day of Christmas!

… A Parrot on a Fairrryyyyy!

Cost of African Grey Parrot: $800
Cost of Resin Fairy Statue: $20

Old school, cost of partridge: $3.00 for a Chukar Partridge Chick
Cost of Pear Tree, 7 feet tall: $50

Looks like the classic style would be cheaper, at about $53.  But although the new version comes to $820, parrots are like MasterCard, priceless!

But then, I love eccentric Christmases!

Parrot Play & Pranks

September 24, 2010

Our African Grey Parrot likes to wander around making me often wonder what she’s up to.  She’s quite the explorer.  She especially likes to investigate little enclosed spaces.

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"What 'cha got in there?"

One of her favorite things is to fly from the top of her cage clear down the hallway and into my office and land on my writing desk.

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"What should I chew on first?"

Of course I don’t let her stay there long because she likes to chew up notebooks and pencils.  A LOT.

Even on her cage she manages to find trouble.  Like the nearby curtain. I try to keep it pulled back out of her way, and even put a clothespin on it to hold it in place, but she keep swinging and stretching until she can finally reach it . . .

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"Ha, ha, I got ahold of it!"

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"Hmmm, wonder if I could climb that?"

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"Can I climb that? Why, yes I can!"

It’s not like she doesn’t have lots of toys to play with in her cage and on her play gym.  She even likes to chew up old egg cartons.

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"DESTROY!"

But parrot toys really don’t interest her.  Besides egg cartons, she likes to chew up old phone books, or play with old pill bottles.

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"This is MINE!"

I think her infatuation with pill bottles is rather appropriate, since she’s somewhat of a pill herself.  Some days she gets into so much mischief I’m ready to throw her out the door.

She knows when she’s in trouble.  And she survives by piping up at the last moment and saying something like, “Silly bird. I loooove you.”

Parrot Playing

June 7, 2010

Parrots are intelligent creatures, some breeds more so than others. The African Grey is considered one of the top minds in the bird world, with the supposed intelligence level of a 5-year-old human, but the emotional level of a 2-year-old.

This translates to one very curious little creature with a knack for getting into things. And I don’t know about all African Greys, but ours is very, VERY persistent once she gets an idea in her head.

For instance, yesterday evening she and The Farmer were working up to a duet. He’d do a little trill sort of sound, and she’d answer him. She even followed him into the bedroom when he went to retire, trilling all the way. I put her back on her cage, and continued working on the computer. Next thing I knew, I heard her at the end of the hall in front of the bedroom door, trilling at The Farmer. She still wanted to play!

Every time I’d put her back on the cage, she’d wait until I wasn’t looking, then she’d climb down off her cage and boogie down the hall… I finally just locked her up. (You’re in the jailhouse now!)

To keep her occupied, she has several play areas in the house. I mean, face it, keeping her in or on her cage 24/7 would be like keeping a 5-year-old in a play pen or crib all the time. So I change things up so hopefully she doesn’t get bored.

Here she is on one of her play areas. . .

Parrots need to chew when they play!

I used to buy toys for her, but she mostly ignores them in favor of chewing on cardboard and phone books.  (And occasionally, something she is NOT supposed to be chewing on!)

Although she has designated play areas, sometimes she makes up her own…

So what would happen if the dishwasher was shut and turned on?

I found her on the dishwasher after I’d walked to another room to get something, and came back to find her off her cage.  When I couldn’t find her, I just asked, “Where are you?”  In this case she answered with a “Hello, hello!” and I found her.  She also sometimes knocks on a nearby wall or cabinet to let you know where she is.

Every once in a while she’s a real stinker and won’t answer.  Generally, she’s hiding under the couch then, so I know where to find her.

And she’s also smart enough to know when I’m getting aggravated when she’s persisting in being a bad bird, and like a little kid, will wait until you’re ready to do bodily harm, then do something funny or say, “I loooooovveeee you.”

Silly bird.

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